"A cult figure who should be a luminary..."

"A cult figure who should be a luminary..."
Teddy Edwards in Paris, France photo by Bernard Ailloud - quote by Gary Giddins

Teddy Edwards Now - The Movie


First-time Dutch filmmaker Kirsten Reynen blends archival film and unseen photographs, past interviews, vintage performances and new ones filmed exclusively for her documentary film to create a lyrical tribute to American tenor saxophonist Teddy Edwards’s life and career.  Highlights also include revealing insights and thoughts from Tom Waits, Milt Jackson, Leroy Vinnegar, Harry Sweets Edison, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Howard Rumsey, Terry Gibbs and others. Kirsten Reynen narrates.
(USA /The Netherlands BW&C  51*- 81* minutes in post-production)

April  29, 2013

Why now? Why not?  

It's always time for Teddy Edwards 

yet another forgotten american music icon! 

     
Teddy Edwards (sax), Billy Childs (piano),
Kyle Eastwood (bass) Capitol Records
Hollywood Dec 17, 1995

During the 1990s revivalist jazz climate and with the support of caring people, Mississippi-born, tenor saxophonist, Teddy Edwards experienced a comeback and toured extensively with his friend and filmmaker, Kirsten, throughout Europe and the United States.

Between 1994 and 1995, Reynen (then 28) traveled with the American jazz giant, then 70, to three different countries and through seven states to capture a riveting glimpse into the world of this individualist on tour, with his friends, and at his home in Los Angeles, California.

Through exclusive interviews, vintage footage, film clips, stunning black and white photography, original artwork and an abundance of exquisite music, Reynen weaves together an intimate portrait of Teddy Edwards’ history, his life on the road, her close friendship with the saxophonist, and the powerful musical bond among the musicians that endured similar times and memories, and who were equally determined to maintain their relevance in the world of jazz.

Kirsten used a handheld camera and was able to shoot Teddy Edwards up close and personal as he blew his tenor saxophone in different places around the world with trios, quartets and big bands. The result is the most impressive collection of “musical postcards” featuring Teddy Edwards on tenor sax in surprisingly interesting lineups.

Whether Teddy Edwards is just playing by himself, with Larry Gales (b) and Art Hillery (p) in a trio, with Leroy Vinnegar (b), Mel Brown (dr), Dan Faehnle (g) in a quartet, or with a big band from The Netherlands, just to mention a few lineups featured in the film, audiences will be filled with joy and appreciation when they experience this truly American art form that we call “Jazz” brought by these forgotten titans and by newcomers alike in such a real setting, LIVE. This is jazz in your living room at its best, served straight up.

A group of multi-talented artists including singer and songwriter Tom Waits, vibraphonist Milt Jackson, saxophonist Benny Golson, bass player Leroy Vinnegar, saxophonist Jimmy Heath, trumpeter Harry Sweets Edison, vibraphonist Terry Gibbs, saxophonist Bobby Watson, bandleader Howard Rumsey, drummer Mel Brown, pianist Joe Castro, vocalist, Spanky Wilson, and Dutch friend and road manager, Peter Huijts, share their feelings and personal stories about Teddy Edwards.

Band leader, Gerald Wilson, talented singer Ernie Andrews, jazz photographer William Claxton, pioneering bebop drummer Roy Porter, bass player Christian Mc Bride, drummer Billy Higgins saxophonist Harold Land, vocalist Barbara Morrison and vocalist “Little” Jimmy Scott also appear in the film.



Teddy Edwards, William Claxton (upper left corner)
Billy Childs (from back on piano) et. al. Capitol Records, Dec 17,1995